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Can You Have Healthy Teeth Without Going to the Dentist?

Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
A man in dental chair ready for oral surgeryIt is a common question: Can someone maintain excellent oral health without regular visits to the dentist? The answer is a complicated one. While excellent at-home care is fundamental for healthy teeth and gums, it is not easy to fully replace the benefits of a professional cleaning and exam.

Let us explore why the care of a dentist is so important and the steps you can take to maximize your dental health at home.

Why Dentists Are Important

Dentists and dental hygienists have specialized tools and training that go beyond your toothbrush and floss. During cleanings, they expertly remove hardened plaque (tartar) that regular brushing cannot address. This tartar buildup is a major contributor to cavities and gum disease.

Additionally, a trained eye can spot tiny areas of tooth decay, gum inflammation, or other developing problems long before they cause pain or obvious symptoms. Early intervention is always easier, less invasive, and ultimately less disruptive to your life than waiting for problems to become severe.

Maximizing Your Oral Health at Home

The care of a dentist is invaluable. However, excellent oral hygiene practices at home are your first line of defense against dental problems.

Thorough Brushing

Brush twice daily for at least two minutes, using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth, including the backs and chewing surfaces.

Flossing Daily

Flossing is essential for removing food debris and plaque from between your teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach. Floss at least once daily, gently working the floss between your teeth and down to your gumline.

Healthy Diet

Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks that erode tooth enamel. For a mouth-healthy diet, choose whole fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and plenty of water.

Mouthwash (Optional)

An antiseptic mouthwash can help freshen your breath and reduce bacteria in hard-to-reach areas. Ask your dentist for recommendations.
Even with these rigorous habits, there may be times when a dentist is necessary for true oral health. If you are dedicated to excellent at-home oral hygiene and experience any pain, unusual sensitivity, bleeding gums, or changes in your teeth or gums, schedule a dental visit with us today.

Talk to one of our caring patient coordinators today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Frank Sioda
18676 Willamette Dr. Suite 202
West Linn, OR 97068-1718

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